Waiting on Wednesday: THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week's WoW is THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan, a novel that has received critical acclaim from across the pond. The cover is simple yet I am completely drawn to it and then I read the synopsis and I am like, "yes, please!" Too bad that I have to wait until next year to have my curiosity satisfied.

What do you think about this novel? Have you heard anything about it? Now, that you know my WoW I am most eager to find out about yours?  

by Jenni Fagan
ISBN-13: 978-0385347860
Publisher: Hogarth Books
Pages: 304
Edition: Paperback

A dazzling debut novel by one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists featuring an unforgettable young heroine

Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais’s school uniform is covered in blood.

Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counter-culture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.

Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon – they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. When she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents though, Anais knows her fate: she is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.

Named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement and the ScotsmanThe Panopticon is an astonishingly haunting, remarkable debut novel. In language dazzling, energetic and pure, it introduces us to a heartbreaking young heroine and an incredibly assured and outstanding new voice in fiction.


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